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Re: Computer syntax and VSO

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 20:47
Rob Haden wrote:
> One has to wonder how many currently SVO languages became so under the > influence of SVO Indo-European languages. For example, Finnish is SVO, but > its structure shows that it was SOV until recently (via contact with > Scandinavian languages).
Probably pretty few. SVO is found all over the world, even in places like the Americas and Australia, in languages that have no evidence of recent European-induced changes in word order. Given that SVO and SOV are roughly equal in frequency, and VSO much less common, at something like 15% of all languages, I find the idea of SVO as "transitional" to be rather questionable, unless you can show good evidence that SVO is rarely stable over long periods. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42